7 Things to Know Before You Go, in Winter
Don’t let a fear of winter stand in the way of you and your weekend getaway. Here are 7 things to know before you go and winter travel tips.
1. Weather is different in Rocky Mountain
National Park and changes quickly.
It could be warm and snow-less in Estes Park. Drive just 4-10 miles for snow
covered tree lines and valleys for a day’s winter adventure.
2. Practice safe driving.
Roads are snowplowed throughout the day. Don’t try to beat the snowplow in the
morning. Be safe. Four wheel drive is not always necessary, but it will typically
make you feel better about driving in winter. No need to worry about snow-shoveling
at your condo. Fall River Village staff will take care of it for you!
3. Just because it’s cold, it doesn’t mean
forget the sunscreen!
Colorado gets 300 days of summer and Estes Park gets more sun in winter
than the Western Slope. Sunglasses and sunscreen are always a must.
4. Chapstick will be your best friend.
The wind in Estes Park can be it’s own animal. It is always a good idea to have a
hood, beanie or headband in tow to protect your ears. Colorado is also very dry and
that is no exception to winter, chapstick is a must.
5. Keep hydrated.
You may not feel thirsty in the cold. It is easy to become dehydrated and not realize it. Drink water
throughout the day especially when exercising outdoors. You won’t always feel that you are sweating.
Also, be sure to put your Camelback tube and mouthpiece inside your pack to prevent freezing.
6. Pack and wear layers.
Water proof outer layers will help repel the snow or sleet. Wicking materials for inner
layers are key when being active outside, keeping you dry from the inside out.
7. For hiking, grab your snowshoes, micro-spikes or Yak Trax.
They may not be needed, but they will make hiking easier and more enjoyable. If you aren’t
into snowshoeing, still be sure to grab your poles and thick tread hiking shoes; or micro-spikes or Yak Trax.